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JD-U symbol war: Sharad Yadav faction moves Delhi High Court against EC order


PATNA: There is another worry for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.

The Sharad Yadav faction of JD-U today moved the Delhi High Court to challenge the Election Commission’s order recognizing Nitish Kumar faction as the “real JD-U” and then allotting the ‘allow’ symbol to his faction.

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Party’s acting president Chottubhai Vasava today brought the matter to the notice of a bench headed by the acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and requested for urgent hearing in view of the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls.

The matter has been posted for hearing on Wednesday.

Earlier this week, the Election Commission ruled that the poll symbol of “Arrow” will stay with the Nitish Kumar faction of the ruling JD-U in Bihar.

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After a marathon hearing which lasted for two days, the EC identified the Nitish Kumar faction as the “real” JD-U saying it is entitled to use the ‘Arrow’ poll symbol of the party.

“The group led by Nitish Kumar is hereby recognised as the Janata Dal (United)…Consequently, the group led by Nitish Kumar is entitled to use the reserved symbol ‘Arrow’ of the party as a recognised State Party in Bihar,” EC was quoted as saying in its order.

The EC also said the Nitish Kumar faction “has demonstrated overwhelming majority support” in the legislature wing as well as the majority in the national council of the party, as per the report.

The order came as a serious setback to rebel JD-U MP Sharad Yadav who was locked in a bitter battle with Nitish Kumar for the past four months over party’s poll symbol.

Senior JD-U leader and MP Sharad Yadav had moved the EC after the Nitish Kumar faction claimed it to be the “real” JD-U when the former rebelled against the party.



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